October 23rd – National Mole Day with Andrew Geary

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Today’s guest is Andrew Geary, host of the Seismic Soundoff podcast.

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Hey. This is Paul Kondo. This is the Podcast Gumbo podcast and I’ve got a rhetorical question for ya.

Are you like me and find those things we call National Days, like Cheeseball Day or worse, Moldy Cheese Day, amusing? Yeah, me too. So each week, I’ll have one of my podcast friends challenge me to find an episode related to one of those days and I’ll be releasing it on the actual day it occurs. 

So, let’s get to it. What is today’s National Day?

Hi Paul, this is Andrew, and today is National Mole Day. Now my first thought is that this day is in honor of Puxatawny Phil but then are moles and groundhogs the same underground inhabitant? Or, could it be honoring one of the greatest land-air battles of all time when Tobias ‘the mole’ attacked a tiny town and Rocketeer George Michael saved the day on Arrested Development. Now, I know Netflix puts its ’ta-duh’ on everything but did they also put their stamp on National Mole Day? I look forward to you setting me straight, Paul. 

First off, Andrew. According to the Internet, moles and groundhogs are often lumped together in discussions regarding wildlife problems that result in torn up, damaged landscaping. This is because they both utilize tunnel systems and cause damage to plants, roots and beautiful lawns. But that is where the similarity ends. But I severely digress.

Today, October 23rd is National Mole Day which has nothing to do with those furry creatures. Today is all about chemistry. Specifically, Avagadro’s Number which is the number of particles in one mole of substance. The number is approximately 6.02 times 10 to the 23rd. Get it? 10/23. 

If you want to learn how to celebrate this day, look no further than the Lab Out Loud podcast where in one episode, they discuss Mole Day and how they have celebrated it. You could also research Amedeo Avogradro and put out a social media post using the National Mole Day hashtag.

My guest today is Andrew Geary. Andrew is the host of the Seismic Soundoff podcast. Now, prepare yourself for a second. Seismic Soundoff episodes are in-depth conversations in applied geophysics. Intimidated yet?

Luckily for you, I asked Andrew where someone like me who tried to cheat his way through high school science classes could start. He wrote back the following, and I quote: 

“Our episodes tend to range from very Association-specific (highlighting our annual conference) to broad scientific subjects (addressing racism in the geosciences), but the best place generally to start is our episodes focused on humanitarian projects we manage. Here is one looking at building a canal in Peru that’s a good place to start.” Unquote.

For our third recommendation, Andrew sticks with science and recommends an episode from the How’s Your Day podcast called ‘What whales heard on 9/11.’ While many of us were reeling from the terrorist attacks in the United States, something very unique was happening underwater. 

For today’s Extra Hot Sauce, I’ll let you decide if you would prefer watching Netflix with Andrew or me. We have had a running exchange about the German show, Dark. I loved it but punted a few episodes into season 3 because it was just too confusing. Andrew has tried to convince to keep going but remember, his brain works a lot better than mine. But one thing should be said – it seems we both are big fans of the Bluth family.

Come back on October 30th for maybe one of the most divisive pieces of candy ever.

As always, take a look at the show notes for links to all the podcasts mentioned in this episode as well as other life-altering information. To make it easy for you, there’s also a link to a podcast playlist that will contain all the episodes ever mentioned in this show. 

See you next week sometime for another round of recommendations. 

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